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Death Toll in Northern China Mine Blast Now 166


The death toll from Sunday's massive coal mine explosion in northern China has risen to 166. There were 293 miners working underground when the blast occurred at the Chenjiashan coal mine in Shangxi province.

One hundred twenty seven miners were able to escape, and state media report all of the missing miners are dead.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, 13 miners are dead and three others are missing after a gas blast Wednesday at a coal mine in southern China's Guizhou province.

State media report 49 miners were working underground when the blast occurred, with 33 escaping. China's mines are the world's deadliest, with thousands of deaths every year caused by explosions, fires, flooding and other factors.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Bloomberg.